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A62, R95, H3137
Sponsors: Reps. Stavrinakis, McCoy, Bales, J.E. Smith, Gilliard and Bedingfield
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 401
Introduced in the House on January 10, 2017
Introduced in the Senate on April 11, 2017
Last Amended on May 11, 2017
Passed by the General Assembly on May 11, 2017
Governor's Action: May 19, 2017, Signed
Summary: Sale of the alcoholic liquors
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/15/2016 House Prefiled 12/15/2016 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/10/2017 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 88) 1/10/2017 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 88) 2/7/2017 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: J.E.Smith 3/22/2017 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Judiciary (House Journal-page 49) 3/28/2017 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Gilliard 3/28/2017 House Requests for debate-Rep(s). White, Bannister, McCravy, Willis, Gagnon, Loftis, Hill, Pitts, West, Yow, Thayer, Henegan, Douglas, Knight, Crosby, Hosey, Sandifer, Magnuson (House Journal-page 31) 4/4/2017 House Debate adjourned until Wed., 4-5-17 (House Journal-page 40) 4/5/2017 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Bedingfield 4/5/2017 House Amended (House Journal-page 115) 4/5/2017 House Read second time (House Journal-page 115) 4/5/2017 House Roll call Yeas-93 Nays-13 (House Journal-page 117) 4/6/2017 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 26) 4/11/2017 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 1) 4/11/2017 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 1) 4/24/2017 Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Shealy (ch), Hutto, Senn 4/26/2017 Senate Committee report: Favorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 9) 5/10/2017 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 58) 5/11/2017 Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 49) 5/11/2017 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 49) 5/11/2017 Senate Roll call Ayes-37 Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 49) 5/11/2017 House Concurred in Senate amendment and enrolled (House Journal-page 118) 5/11/2017 House Roll call Yeas-70 Nays-27 (House Journal-page 118) 5/15/2017 Ratified R 95 5/19/2017 Signed By Governor 5/26/2017 Effective date 5/19/17 5/31/2017 Act No. 62
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
(A62, R95, H3137)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 61-6-1140 AND 61-6-1150, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BOTH RELATING TO TASTINGS AND RETAIL SALES OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS AT LICENSED PREMISES OF A MICRO-DISTILLERY OR MANUFACTURER, SO AS TO REVISE THE OUNCE AMOUNT OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS DISPENSED AT LICENSED PREMISES AND TO REVISE THE SALE AT RETAIL OF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS AT LICENSED PREMISES AND TO ALLOW MIXERS TO BE USED IN TASTINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 61-6-1035, RELATING TO SAMPLING OF WINES, SO AS TO ALLOW MIXERS TO BE USED IN TASTINGS; TO AMEND SECTIONS 61-6-140 AND 61-6-150, BOTH RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR RETAIL LICENSES AND THE LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF LICENSES THAT MAY BE ISSUED, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE SHALL NOT ISSUE MORE THAN THREE RETAIL DEALER LICENSES; TO REPEAL SECTIONS 61-6-140 AND 61-6-150 RELATING TO ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR RETAIL LICENSES AND THE LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF LICENSES THAT MAY BE ISSUED, AND SECTION 61-4-960(A)(13) RELATING TO THE PROHIBITION ON TASTINGS HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH A TASTING IN A RETAIL ALCOHOLIC LIQUOR STORE, THAT IS ADJACENT TO AND LICENSED IN THE SAME NAME OF THE RETAIL PERMIT AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF BEER ON APRIL 5, 2018; AND TO AMEND SECTION 61-4-1515, RELATING TO BREWERIES AND SAMPLES AND SALES OF BEER, SO AS TO DELETE THE TERM "LICENSED" AND REPLACE IT WITH THE TERM "PERMITTED" THROUGHOUT AND DELETE REFERENCES ALLOWING FOR SAMPLINGS.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Alcoholic liquors, micro-distillery tastings, quantity allowed increased, mixers authorized
SECTION 1. Section 61-6-1140 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 11 of 2009, is amended to read:
"Section 61-6-1140. A holder of a valid micro-distillery or manufacturer license issued by the State may permit tastings and retail sales of the alcoholic liquors produced at the licensed premises subject to the following limitations and any other limitations provided in this subarticle:
(1) tastings by and sales to consumers must be held in conjunction with a tour by the consumer of the on-site licensed premises;
(2) the micro-distillery or manufacturer shall establish appropriate protocols to ensure that a consumer sold or served alcoholic liquors pursuant to this section is not under twenty-one years of age and that a consumer shall not attend more than one tasting in a day;
(3) the micro-distillery or manufacturer may not dispense more than three ounces to an individual consumer in one day;
(4) tastings and sales may occur only between the hours of nine a.m. and seven p.m., Monday through Saturday;
(5) the micro-distillery or manufacturer may charge for alcoholic liquors consumed at a tasting, but must collect and remit the liquor by the drink excise tax pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 33, Title 12;
(6) the micro-distillery or manufacturer may provide mixers, which must be nonalcoholic and carry zero percent of alcohol by weight, in conjunction with the tasting, but the micro-distillery or manufacturer may not charge for the mixers;
(7) tastings may not occur in conjunction with the service of food in a restaurant setting; and
(8) only brands of alcoholic liquors actually manufactured, distilled, or fermented at and distributed to wholesalers from the licensed premises may be sold or offered for tasting."
Alcoholic liquors, micro-distillery tastings, mixers, minors prohibited in tasting facility
SECTION 2. Section 61-6-1150 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 11 of 2009, is amended to read:
"Section 61-6-1150. Authorization by this section of sales and tastings at licensed premises of a micro-distillery or manufacturer is expressly intended for the promotion of education regarding production of alcoholic liquors in the State and not to create competition between producers and retailers. A holder of a valid micro-distillery or manufacturer license issued by the State may:
(1) sell in any quantities the alcoholic liquors produced at the licensed premises to a wholesaler licensed by the State;
(2) transport in any quantities the alcoholic liquors produced at the licensed premises out of state for sale outside of the State;
(3) sell at retail at the licensed premises the alcoholic liquors produced at the licensed premises, but only if the labels for the bottles are marked 'not for resale';
(4) sell at retail no more than the equivalent of three 750-milliliter bottles of alcoholic liquors to a consumer in one business day;
(5) not allow consumption on the licensed premises of alcoholic liquors sold by the bottle at the licensed premises;
(6) maintain pricing of the alcoholic liquors sold at the licensed premises at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical alcoholic liquors in the county where the on-site premises is located;
(7) in addition to the sale of alcoholic liquors as authorized by this section, sell items promoting the brand or brands of alcoholic liquors produced at that location in a room on the licensed premises separate from the locations of the tastings;
(8) not sell or store goods, wares, or merchandise in or from the room in which alcoholic liquors are sold or tasted;
(9) store mixers used, but not sold, in conjunction with tastings; and
(10) not allow minors into the portion of the facility where tastings are occurring."
Wine, sampling, mixers authorized
SECTION 3. Section 61-6-1035 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding appropriately numbered items to read:
"( ) Mixers, which must be nonalcoholic and carry zero percent of alcohol by weight, may be provided in conjunction with the tasting, but the mixers must be provided free of charge.
( ) Store mixers used, but not sold, in conjunction with tastings."
Alcoholic liquors, retail dealer licenses, three retail dealer license limit, repeal
SECTION 4. A. Section 61-6-140 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 61-6-140. To promote adequate law enforcement, regulatory measures, health care costs, and associated impacts on the health, safety, and welfare of the state's residents resulting from the anticipated sales of liquor, and to curb relationships and practices calculated to stimulate sales and impair the state's policy favoring trade stability and the promotion of temperance, in determining whether a political subdivision is adequately served pursuant to Section 61-6-170, and to provide for an orderly provision of retail dealer licenses, the issuance of retail dealer licenses must be governed pursuant to the following requirements:
(1) The department shall not issue more than three retail dealer licenses to one licensee, and the licensee must be eligible for a license for each store pursuant to Section 61-6-110.
(2) The limitation of no more than three retail dealer licenses to one licensee does not apply to a person having an interest in retail liquor stores as of July 1, 1978.
(3) The General Assembly finds that the issuance of multiple retail dealer licenses pursuant to this section should exist only for a time certain to serve and promote the policies set forth in this section. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide for a sunset provision on the limitation of three retail dealer licenses held by one licensee as enacted by this section. The provisions of this section are therefor repealed on April 5, 2018."
B. Section 61-6-150 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 61-6-150. No person, directly or indirectly, individually or as a member of a partnership or an association, as a member or stockholder of a corporation, or as a relative to a person by blood or marriage within the second degree, may have any interest whatsoever in a retail liquor store licensed under this section except the three stores covered by his retail dealer's licenses, as provided for in Section 61-6-140. The prohibitions in this section do not apply to a person having an interest in retail liquor stores on July 1, 1978. It is the intent of the General Assembly to provide for a sunset provision on the limitation of three retail dealer licenses held by one licensee as enacted by this section. The provisions of this section are therefor repealed on April 5, 2018."
C. The provisions contained in this SECTION are effective upon the signature of the Governor. Sections 61-6-140, 61-6-150 and 61-4-960(A)(13) are repealed effective April 5, 2018.
SECTION 5. The General Assembly finds that all the provisions contained in this act relate to one subject as required by Section 17, Article III of the South Carolina Constitution, 1895, in that each provision relates directly to or in conjunction with other sections relating to the subject of premises licensed to sell alcoholic liquors to consumers.
The General Assembly further finds that a common purpose or relationship exists among the sections, representing a potential plurality but not disunity of topics, notwithstanding that reasonable minds might differ in identifying more than one topic contained in the act.
Breweries, samples on sales of beer, sampling provisions deleted
SECTION 6. Section 61-4-1515(A) of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 36 of 2013, is amended to read:
"(A) A brewery permitted in this State is authorized to sell beer to consumers on its permitted premises, provided that the beer is brewed on the permitted premises with an alcoholic content of twelve percent by weight, or less, subject to the following conditions:
(1) sales to consumers must be held in conjunction with a tour by the consumer of the permitted premises and the entire brewing process utilized at the permitted premises;
(2) sales shall not be offered or made to, or allowed to be offered, made to, or consumed by an intoxicated person or a person who is under the age of twenty-one;
(3)(a) no more than a total of forty-eight ounces of beer brewed at the permitted premises, shall be sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption within a twenty-four hour period; and
(b) of that forty-eight ounces of beer available to be sold to a consumer within a twenty-four hour period, no more than sixteen ounces of beer with an alcoholic weight of above eight percent, including any samples offered and consumed with or without cost, shall be sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption within a twenty-four hour period;
(4) a brewery must develop and use a system to monitor the amounts and types of beer sampled or sold to a consumer for on-premises consumption;
(5) a brewery must sell the beer at the permitted premises at a price approximating retail prices generally charged for identical beverages in the county where the permitted premises are located;
(6) a brewery must remit appropriate taxes to the Department of Revenue for beer sales in an amount equal to and in a manner required for excise taxes assessed by the department. A brewery also must remit appropriate sales and use taxes and local hospitality taxes;
(7) a brewery must post information that states the alcoholic content by weight of the various types of beer available in the brewery and the penalties for convictions for:
(a) driving under the influence;
(b) unlawful transport of an alcoholic container; and
(c) unlawful transfer of alcohol to minors.
And, the information shall be in signage that must be posted at each entrance, each exit, and in places in a brewery seen during a tour;
(8) a brewery must provide department or DAODAS approved alcohol enforcement training for the employees who serve beer on the permitted premises to consumers for on-premises consumption, so as to prevent and prohibit unlawful sales, transfer, transport, or consumption of beer by persons who are under the age of twenty-one or who are intoxicated; and
(9) a brewery must maintain a liquor liability insurance policy or a general liability insurance policy with a liquor liability endorsement in the amount of at least one million dollars for the biennial period for which it is permitted. Within ten days of receiving its biennial permit, a brewery must send proof of this insurance to the State Law Enforcement Division and to the Department of Revenue, where the proof of insurance information shall be retained with the department's alcohol beverage licensing section."
Breweries, samples on sales of beer, sampling provisions deleted
SECTION 7. Section 61-4-1515(B)(1) of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 223 of 2014, is amended to read:
"(B)(1) In addition to the sales provisions set forth in subsection (A), a brewery permitted in this State is authorized to sell beer produced on its permitted premises to consumers on site for on-premises consumption within an area of its permitted and licensed premises approved by the rules and regulations of the Department of Health and Environmental Control governing eating and drinking establishments and other food service establishments. These establishments also may apply for a retail on-premises consumption permit for the sale of beer and wine not produced on the licensed premises that has been purchased from a wholesaler through the three-tier distribution chain set forth in Section 61-4-735 and Section 61-4-940."
SECTION 8. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Ratified the 15th day of May, 2017.
Approved the 19th day of May, 2017.
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